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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel People of Sparks

Jeanne DuPrau became the New York Times bestselling author after publication of brilliantly written books. This sequel has a deeper angle attached to it, exposing the rawness and nativity of humans and their emotions. Starting right from where the “City of Embers” ended, residents of the Ember City were saved thanks to the humongous amount of efforts and bravery shown by the two main characters, Lina and Doon Harrow. Stepping into an unknown world, the Emeritus consisted of limited knowledge to survive in a world located above the ground. For several days they travelled on the roads until they came to a village known as “Sparks”.

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Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Genre: Science/ Fiction

Pages: 338

Goodreads Ratings: 3.66/5

My Ratings: 8/10

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Review and summary of the Science Fiction Novel People of Sparks

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The villagers of Spark graciously accepted them and agreed to share their resources and property with the Emeritus. They also decided to teach them life surviving skills. Tick Hassler, one of the prominent Emeritus gave suggestions on how they can improve the quality of life by working on different projects but in reality, it never materialised. As a result, after some time, resources started getting scarce, causing concern among both the groups.

The resentment grew to such an extent that the residents resorted to bad practices to drive the outsiders away. The people of Sparks started being unfair and unjust to the people of Ember, fuelling their anger to a point where they decided to fight back. Tick Hassler encouraged the Emeritus to take away the food, property and resources away from the villagers. The hatred escalated, provoking the leaders of the villagers to use a machine gun on Emeritus. Thankfully, Ben, the leader was not able to do what he intended, and the gunfire did not touch the outsiders.

Instead, the bullets hit the trees, causing a huge fire in the village. When Lina arrived at the scene, she was shocked to see the conditions in which the people were in. She knew that if the fire burned down everything, it would be disastrous for everybody. Against the wishes of her people, she helped the villagers to fight the fire. Now it’s up to Lina to find out who the real culprit behind the whole situation was and who aggravated the emotions so that both of the groups were ready to take each other lives.

Final Thoughts of the Novel People of Sparks

Margaret Haddix has undoubtedly written a spell-bounding tale. The emotions and the storyline appear so realistic and vivid that it feels as if you are experiencing the story yourself. The only negative I found was that the simplistic language used by the author diminished the level of storyline maturity at times.

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